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Thursday
Feb152018

Blake Shelton got Gwen "the most incredible flowers" for Valentine's Day

John Shearer/Getty Images via ABCBlake Shelton kicks off his Country Music Freaks tour tonight in Oklahoma, so he wasn't able to be with his girl, Gwen Stefani, for Valentine's Day yesterday.  That doesn't mean he forgot about romance, though.

Gwen took to social media to show off a beautiful bouquet that Blake sent her, along with a sweet card.  On Snapchat, she said, "I just got the most incredible flowers...I've never got flowers like that, I'm freaking out!"  She also gave us a peek at her card, which read, "Have a great Valentine's Day, I love you, Blake."

Gwen also posted the massive red and pink bouquet on her Instagram story, which she captioned "Luckiest Girl in the World," and added "Love u for real."

"Somebody loves me!" she shouts. "Oh my God! I've never seen anything like that!"

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Thursday
Feb152018

Country star trivia

Comstock/Thinkstock Thirteen years ago this week, Rascal Flatts made it to #1 with this career-defining ballad first recorded by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Can you name it? ANSWER: "Bless the Broken Road."

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Thursday
Feb152018

Country Music Freaks unite: Carly Pearce is in touch with her "redneck side" 

ABC/Image Group LA Carly Pearce’s second single is called “Hide the Wine,” but the “Every Little Thing” hitmaker is prepared to do some drinking, as she heads out on tour with Blake Shelton.

“I hear my liver's in trouble, so I'm ready for that,” she tells ABC Radio. “And we haven't met yet, but… I keep seeing interviews where he calls me a freak, because he named his tour Country Music Freaks. So, I feel like somebody who already calls you a freak before they've ever met you, I'm in for it.”

Considering she left high school to sing in a show at Dollywood, Carly has no qualms about identifying as a Country Music Freak.

“Oh gosh, I mean I'm from Kentucky,” she laughs, “so there's definitely a redneck side to me. Grew up with family members that are interesting, and loving country music, true and true, grew up on bluegrass.”

“I mean, there's definitely some country music freak-ness to me, even though maybe I come off as a little bit more classy. But it's in my roots. It's in that Pearce name!”  

Carly begins a month-long stint with Blake, Brett Eldredge and Trace Adkins, tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Randy Bachman, Peter Asher to perform at 2018 Fest for Beatles Fans in New Jersey next month

Courtesy of The Fest for Beatles FansThe guest lineup has been unveiled for the 2018 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, which runs from Friday, March 9, to Sunday, March 11, at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey. The festival will feature performances and appearances by a variety of well-known artists, including founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive member Randy Bachman, Peter & Gordon's Peter Asher, and Chad & Jeremy's Jeremy Clyde.

Bachman will perform on the festival's last day, while Asher will be on hand for all three days. Friday, Peter will present a storytellers-style performance with various guests, while on Saturday and Sunday he and Clyde will team up to perform as a duo for the very first time.

Other notable musicians who will take part in the event include longtime Ringo Starr's All Starr Band music director and sax player Mark Rivera, Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes, and Billy J. Kramer. The Beatles' longtime hairdresser, Leslie Cavendish, also will appear at the Fab Four extravaganza.

In addition, The Fest for Beatles will feature 50th anniversary celebrations for Yellow Submarine and the band's two-disc self-titled album, a.k.a. The White Album.

Other activities and events include a bevy of Beatles tribute performances, autograph signings, Q&A sessions and panel discussions, a battle of the bands, a karaoke room, a dance party, a trivia contest, memorabilia sales and auctions, art displays, film screenings and more.

Meanwhile, a Chicago-area edition of the Beatles fest is scheduled for August 10-12 at The Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois.

To check out full details of the 2018 Fest for Beatles Fans, visit TheFest.com.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock High Valley performs their top-15 hit “She’s with Me” on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Tuesday, February 27. You can catch the show following Good Morning America on most ABC stations.

Newcomer Jillian Jacqueline made her Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, performing her new single “Reasons,” the track “God Bless This Mess” from her Side A EP and her cover of Patsy Cline’s "Crazy." She followed Opry star Lorrie Morgan, who happens to have been her very first concert.

Just in time for what would’ve been Johnny Cash’s 85th birthday, the Rockabye Baby! series is paying tribute to the Man in Black.  Lullaby Renditions of Johnny Cash comes out February 23 and features infant-sized versions of “A Boy Named Sue,” “Ring of Fire” and “Folsom Prison Blues,” among others.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Get your Freak on: Brett Eldredge is ready for the backstage hang with Blake Shelton

ABC/Image Group LA When Brett Eldredge kicks off Blake Shelton’s Country Music Freaks Tour tonight in Oklahoma, it’ll mark a personal milestone for him: It’s his last outing as an opening act, before he embarks on his own headlining The Long Way Tour in April.

It’s a full-circle moment for Brett, since once of the very first shows he ever opened was for Blake.

“I'm excited that Blake is my last, like before I go jump into that,” Brett says, “because I just have such a comfort with that guy. For one, he knows who he is and he's always been so real to me.”

“He's no different from when I had nothing going on. I think [when] I opened the show for him, my record deal wasn't done yet. But we hung out after the show like we were best buds… and I love that about him…  He's just an Oklahoma boy that is not only a huge artist and amazing singer, but star now, but he doesn't act like that at all.”

Brett’s looking forward to experiencing what Blake’s tour is like behind-the-scenes.

“I've seen him a couple times live,” he admits, “but I've never got to really spend time backstage and stuff with him, and kinda seeing how his day's going. I love those moments of building up to the show too, and hanging out, and of course, the moments after. I'm sure there'll be some late hangs.”

Carly Pearce and Trace Adkins join Brett and Blake for the first show of the Country Music Freaks trek at BOK Center tonight in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Thursday
Feb152018

ABBA's old BMW auctioned off for near-record price

Scott Pattenden (copyright 2017)/courtesy RM Sotheby'sMamma Mia! That’s some price for a 41-year-old, cassette-playing BMW once used by ABBA.

The stylish 1977 BMW 633, with nearly 125,000 miles behind it, sold at auction in Paris by RM Sotheby’s for about $42,500, nearly a record for that particular model, according to car specialist Felix Archer of RM Sotheby’s.

“An equivalent of this car, with the same mileage of 200,000 kilometers and in such good condition, but without ABBA attached to It, would sell for between [roughly $12,400 and $18.600],” he told ABC News. “ABBA’s influence is bigger than you can imagine.”

ABBA used the Polaris silver BMW on European tours from 1978 to 1980 and as a discrete everyday car for members Bjorn Ulvaeus or Benny Andersson. They sold it in 1980, according to RM Sotheby’s.

The car, with leather seats and electric windows, sold last week with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Report: Kanye West and insurers settle lawsuits over Saint Pablo tour cancellation

ABC/Randy HolmesTMZ is reporting that Kanye West's Very Good Touring and a group of insurance companies associated with Lloyds of London have settled lawsuits over money the rapper claims was owned following cancellation of the rapper's Saint Pablo tour.

According to TMZ, the insurers have agreed to pay much of what Very Good Touring claimed it was owed under a policy due to the cancellation of the tour.

Back in 2017, Kanye's company sued claiming the insurers were stalling on making the payment and implying that "Kanye's use of marijuana may provide them with a basis to deny the claim."  The insurers counter-sued saying Kanye and his team had made it impossible for them to investigate his claim and failed to disclose pre-existing medical conditions when they applied for the policy.

The remaining dates on the already-underway Saint Pablo tour were cancelled in late November 2016 after a Sacramento, California, show that the rapper couldn't finish, which included rambling tirades from the stage against a number of celebrities. Two days later Kanye was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Center and the remaining dates of the tour were cancelled.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Meek Mill's lawyers file petition calling into question police credibility at original trial

Photo Credit: 20KBillboard reports that Meek Mill's lawyers have requested that the rapper be released from jail citing questions about the credibility of the police officer who testified during Meek's original 2008 trial in which the then 19-year-old was convicted on drug and weapons charges.

The rapper's attorneys filed the petition on Wednesday, according to Billboard, after the name of Officer Reginald Graham was mentioned in an investigative report by the Philadelphia Inquirer which claimed that the officer's name appeared on a list maintained by the city's District Attorney's Office of police officers suspected of not being credible witnesses.

According to the Inquirer story, Graham, who retired from the force last year, testified at Meek's 2008 trial that he had watched Meek sell what was later determined to be crack.  He also testified that a confidential informant later make another purchase from Mill, information that was used to obtain a warrant for the search of a home where Meek ultimately was arrested.

Meek was sentenced to five months in jail in 2008 on drugs and weapons charges arising from that search, but has face a number of probation violation actions since and last year was sentenced to two to four years for violating his probation on the original charge.

According to Billboard, the new petition also cites sworn affidavits by two former Philly cops turned private investigators which the petition claims call into question the credibility of Graham's original testimony.

Meek's attorneys are a new trial on the original charges, if charges are not withdrawn or dismissed voluntarily.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Camila Cabello's "super-excited" for her solo tour: "I want every live performance to be amazing"

ABC/Paula LoboCamila Cabello has announced her first-ever solo tour, kicking off April 9 in Vancouver.  The former Fifth Harmony singer says she's "super-excited" to create a "cool" yet "intimate" tour for her fans.

"I just really want every live performance to be amazing," she told ABC Radio last month. "And I want people to wanna come to my concerts, not just because they are my fan, but because they wanna have a good show experience."

If you caught Camila singing "Never Be the Same" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last month, you saw how she created a show-stopping performance through the use of video screens.  She says she hopes to be able to do something equally impressive on the tour.

"I'm really excited to put together a show, and just thinking about ways to do stuff that I feel like hasn't been done before," she told ABC Radio. "It's not gonna be big venues, it's gonna be really, really intimate, which I'm super-excited about too, 'cause I really like getting to just feel people."

She added, "Hopefully, I can have a really cool production while still being intimate.  So yeah, I'm super-excited for tour."

Camila's tour is scheduled to wrap up June 13 in Amsterdam.  Tickets go on sale February 16 at 10 a.m. local time via CamilaCabello.com.  A portion of Camila's proceeds from sales of VIP packages will be donated to the Children’s Health Fund.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Bob Seger pays tribute to Glenn Frey in new lyrics video for "I Knew You When"

Capitol Records/UMeBob Seger has debuted an official lyrics video for the title track to his latest studio album, I Knew You When, which was released in November. The mid-tempo ballad is a nostalgic, heartfelt tribute to his late friend, Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey.

The clip, which you can watch on Seger's VEVO YouTube channel, features a series of animated black-and-white sketches based on photos of the Michigan rocker at different ages, starting with a picture from the late '60s that's featured on the cover of the album. The final image in the video is of Seger with his arm around Frey's shoulders.

Seger dedicated I Knew You When to Frey, and the album includes a number of tracks inspired by Glenn or boasting themes reflecting Bob's relationship with him. Seger also pays homage on the album to a couple of other late singer/songwriters he admired -- Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed -- by covering their respective songs "Democracy" and "Busload of Faith."

As previously reported, Seger postponed the last 19 dates of his 2017 fall tour because he needed to undergo surgery to treat a ruptured disc in his neck. He is hoping to return to the road by the spring, although there's no word yet on when the shows will be rescheduled.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Steve Hackett says new "Wuthering Nights" concert video and album documents "a really wonderful evening"

Inside Out MusicSteve Hackett recently released a new concert video and album called Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham, which documents a May 2017 show that the ex-Genesis guitarist played at Symphony Hall in Birmingham, England. Speaking with ABC Radio about the concert, Hackett noted, "[I]t's a great hall. It happened to be a really wonderful evening, with a great crowd."

The gig was part of Hackett's solo tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Wind & Wuthering, the last studio album he recorded with Genesis.  The show featured two sets: one focused on material from Hackett's solo career, and one showcasing Genesis tunes, with a special emphasis on songs from Wind & Wuthering, such as "Afterglow" and "One for the Vine."

Among the songs played during the first set were three tunes from Steve's latest solo album, 2017's The Night Siren. "I wanted to keep up the new stuff as well as keeping the museum doors open for the glorious Genesis exhibits," Hackett pointed out.

The Genesis portion of the show features lead vocals by Swedish-American singer Nad Sylvan, whose voice is reminiscent of both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins.

Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham is available now as a two-DVD/two-CD set, on Blu-ray and on digital formats.

Meanwhile, Hackett launches the U.S. portion of his latest North American tour on Thursday, February 15, in Staten Island, New York. Hackett tells ABC Radio that the set he's playing on the current trek features a variety of Genesis gems, including "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight," "Firth of Fifth" and the epic "Supper's Ready." He's also playing some songs from The Night Siren, as well as his short-lived supergroup GTR's 1986 hit "When the Heart Rules the Mind."

Here are all of the U.S. dates of Hackett's current tour:

2/15 -- Staten Island, NY, St. George Theatre
2/16 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/17 -- Collingswood, NJ, Scottish Rite Auditorium
2/18 -- Tarrytown, NY, Tarrytown Music Hall
2/22 -- Berkeley, CA, The UC Theatre
2/23 -- San Luis Obispo, CA, Fremont Theater
2/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Orpheum
2/25 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren

And here's the track list for the Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham CDs and DVDs:

Disc 1 -- Concert Part 1:
"Every Day"
"El Nino"
"The Steppes"
"In the Skeleton Gallery"
"Behind the Smoke"
"Serpentine Song"
"Rise Again"
"Shadow of the Hierophant"

DVD Bonus:
Wuthering Nights, Live in Birmingham - Behind the Scenes Documentary

Disc 2 -- Concert Part 2:
"Eleventh Earl of Mar"
"One for the Vine"
"Acoustic Improvisation"
"Blood on the Rooftops"
"In That Quiet Earth"
"Afterglow"
"Dance on a Volcano"
"Inside and Out"
"Firth of Fifth"
"The Musical Box"
"Los Endos"

DVD Bonus:
Official videos for "Behind the Smoke," "Fifty Miles from the North Pole" and "West to East"

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Thursday
Feb152018

New Barry White reissue campaign to launch in April with series of hits compilations

Mercury Records/UMeThe 45th anniversary of late soul legend Barry White's first release on the 20th Century Records label will be celebrated this year with a series of catalog releases and reissues.

The initiative begins on April 13 with the release of several hits compilations, including the three-CD box set The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) and a one-CD collection titled Love's Theme: The Best of the 20th Century Records Singles.

The three-disc retrospective features 46 tracks, including classic songs like "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby," "Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up," "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" and the chart-topping "Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe," as well as alternate versions of many of those tunes.

The single-disc Love's Theme album boasts 21 tracks, including the classic versions of Barry's 1970s singles and "Love's Theme," a #1 hit instrumental for White's orchestral group The Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1973.

A two-LP vinyl edition of the Love's Theme compilation also will be available. It features one bonus track -- the 1975 Love Unlimited Orchestra hit "Satin Soul."

Meanwhile, arriving on April 20 is The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1975) vinyl box set, which features 10 seven-inch vinyl discs recreating White's single releases from his mid-'70s heyday. Each disc is housed in a replica sleeve, and the collection comes packaged with a four-page illustrated book.

Future White reissues will include CD and vinyl LP box sets featuring Barry's full albums, as well as compilations and album box sets focusing on The Love Unlimited Orchestra and the female vocal group Love Unlimited, which White formed.

Here's the track list of The Complete 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979) compilation:

Disc One
"I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby"
"Just a Little More Baby"
"I've Got So Much to Give"
"I've Got So Much to Give" (Instrumental)
"Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Short Version)
"Never, Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Long Version) (original B-side)
"No I'm Never Gonna Give Ya Up" (Instrumental) (revised B-side)
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See"
"Honey Please, Can't Ya See" (Instrumental)
"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe"
"Just Not Enough"
"You're the First, the Last, My Everything"
"More Than Anything, You're My Everything"
"What Am I Gonna Do with You"
"What Am I Gonna Do with You Baby"

Disc Two
"I'll Do for You Anything You Want Me To"
"Anything You Want Me To"
"Let the Music Play"
"Let the Music Play" (Instrumental)
"You See the Trouble with Me"
"I'm So Blue and You Are Too"
"Baby, We Better Try to Get It Together"
"If You Know, Won't You Tell Me"
"Don't Make Me Wait Too Long"
"Can't You See It's Only You I Want"
"I'm Qualified to Satisfy You"
"I'm Qualified to Satisfy You" (Instrumental)
"It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me"
"I Never Thought I'd Fall In Love with You"
"It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" (Disco Version)

Disc Three
"Playing Your Game, Baby"
"Of All the Guys in the World"
"Oh What a Night for Dancing"
"You're So Good You're Bad"
"Your Sweetness Is My Weakness"
"It's Only Love Doing Its Thing"
"Just the Way You Are"
"Now I'm Gonna Make Love to You"
"Sha La La Means I Love You"
"September When I First Met You"
"Early Years"
"I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing"
"Oh Me, Oh My (I'm Such a Lucky Guy)"
"How Did You Know It Was Me"
"I Love to Sing the Songs I Sing" (Disco Version)
"Oh Me, Oh My (I'm Such a Lucky Guy)" (Disco Version)

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Thursday
Feb152018

Rising star Ella Mai talks working with Ty Dolla Sign and Chris Brown

Interscope RecordsBritish singer-songwriter Ella Mai is a rising star who's already collaborated with some big names, including Ty Dolla Sign and Chris Brown

She tells ABC Radio that working with Ty was "really easy," adding that the rapper is "super laid-back, super chill." 

"That wasn't the first time I met him, so... I kinda of felt a little at ease," she explains.

Describing Ty's contribution to her song "She Don't," Ella says, "It took him probably, like, ten minutes. [Ty and DJ Mustard] didn't write anything down and just vibed and kind of came up with his verse there. And that was how it came about." 

However, when it came to working with Breezy, Ella says that experience was actually "very weird and surreal," because she'd dreamed of doing just that since she was a little kid.

She explains, " I'm a huge Chris Brown fan and I have been since I was 11 years old. So, I've always said it in my head: 'Oh, I'm gonna work with Chris Brown one day.'"

Ella continues, "But... you know when it's in front of you, it's like, 'OK, wow.' It was a little bit unexpected because [he] was listening to my song "Boo'd Up" on his Instagram story a couple months before we worked in the studio together. But [the collaboration] was really organic, 'cause he showed that he liked my music." 

"It was amazing working with him," she says. 

"We went in the studio. We recorded a couple songs. And he was super laid-back in telling me how much he loved my music. I definitely think I'll work with Chris Brown and Ty again."  

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Thursday
Feb152018

Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria expand co-headlining tour

Lava/Republic Records The adventures of Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria won't be coming to an end anytime soon. The two bands have added a new batch of dates to their co-headlining Resurrection tour, which now stretches into May.

After the current outing concludes in March, the Resurrection tour's second leg will kick off April 29 in Birmingham, Alabama, and will wrap up May 18 in London, Ontario, Canada. Tickets to the new dates go on sale this Friday, February 16 via BlackVeilBrides.net.

Along with the co-headlining dates, Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria will hit a number of festivals together this spring, including Welcome to Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Northern Invasion.

Black Veil Brides are touring behind their latest album, Vale, while Asking Alexandria is supporting their new, self-titled release, which marks the return of original frontman Danny Worsnop.

Here are the newly added Resurrection tour dates:

4/29 -- Birmingham, AL, Iron City
4/30 -- Knoxville, TN, International
5/2 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Oakdale Theater
5/3 -- Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom
5/4 -- Richmond, VA, The National
5/7 -- Springfield, MO, Gillioz Theater
5/8 -- Memphis, TN, New Daisy Theater
5/9 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Diamond Ballroom
5/10 -- Wichita, KS, The Cotillion
5/12 -- Sioux Falls, SD, The District
5/14 -- Omaha, NE, Sokol Auditorium
5/16 -- Joliet, IL, The Forge
5/17 -- Ft. Wayne, IN, Piere's
5/18 -- London, ON, London Music Hall

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Thursday
Feb152018

Imagine Dragons teases possible new song, "Next to Me" 

ABC/Randy HolmesImagine Dragons released their new album Evolve last year, but apparently, their "evolution" is just beginning.

The band has tweeted what certainly seems to be the cover artwork for a single, featuring the title "Next to Me." The artwork features two people standing under some kind of cosmic rock formation.

Whatever "Next to Me" is, it'll be arriving on February 21. In the tweet, ID writes "2/21 the evolution begins."

Evolve has already spawned the hit singles "Believer," "Thunder" and "Whatever It Takes." Dan Reynolds and company are currently touring Europe in support of the album.

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Thursday
Feb152018

Inside Ed Sheeran's plan to give up the pop music throne -- for a while

ABC/Paula LoboEd Sheeran's album Divide is a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum worldwide smash.  That's why he's determined to remove any pressure he might have to match its success with his next album...by essentially sabotaging his own career.

Speaking to his pal, "Budapest" singer George Ezra, on George's new podcast, Ed says his incredible success has put him in what he considers to be a "dangerous" position.

"I feel like it’s dangerous to have a career that goes bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger...because at some point it’s gonna drop," he tells George. "I'm of the belief you can control your own destiny. And I'm not gonna allow myself to fall. So I might just step down."

Ed explains that he'll do that with his next album, which is "not a pop album" -- because, as he claims, "the next album, people are gonna be like 'Well, it has to be bigger than "Shape of You."'  By avoiding pop altogether, Ed reasons, there won't be any expectations.

"If I control it, and I'm like, 'Here's a lo-fi record that I really love,' my fans are gonna be like 'Yay!'" Ed predicts. "And the pop world [is] gonna be like, 'Oh, well...maybe the next one.'"

As a result, Ed says even if his next album sells as few as 500,000 copies, "it's not a failure because I’ve made an album where I’m not trying to get there, so it’s not a failure."

"No one’s going to be like, 'That’s a flop,'" he adds. "It's just, "'That’s what he wants to do.'" 

"And then...[if] the next record does a little bit better, then suddenly you're a success again!" Ed concludes. "You control your thing.  And for me that's definitely the next step, is to control it."

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Wednesday
Feb142018

"Uh oh, oh, no, no": Fans react to yet another "whitewashed" Beyoncé wax figure 

ABC/Image Group LA

Another Beyoncé wax figure, this time located in a wax museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, is raising eyebrows.

Twitter user and writer Ama Scriver posted a photo of the figure, which many followers believe make Queen Bey look like a white woman.

One person tweeted, "p[retty] sure that's a real housewife of New Jersey," while another wrote, "Haha yesss the 2002 white Beyonce doll was defff the model for this." Another fan also tweeted, "Looks like [It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actress] @KaitlinOlson."  

Olson herself retweeted a fan making a similar comment, dubbing it "Deeyonce," after her Always Sunny character, Dee.

As previously reported, another Bey wax figure that was on display at the Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York City caused epic backlash, as fans complained that it had a much lighter skin tone than the star's. It was briefly removed and returned with some some alterations within the course of two days

A statement from Madame Tussauds New York, provided to ABC News at the time, read, "At Madame Tussauds, our talented team of sculptors take every effort to ensure we accurately color match all of our wax figures to the celebrity being depicted." 

The statement went on to say, "Lighting within the attraction combined with flash photography may distort and misrepresent the color of our wax figures which is something our sculptors are unable to account for at the production stage."

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Papa Roach celebrates Valentine's Day with NSFW "My Medication" video

Credit: Ben DugganHappy Valentine's Day from Papa Roach! The band is celebrating February 14 with a NSFW video for their song "My Medication."

The clip, streaming now on YouTube, stars two women engaged in a BDSM relationship while Jacoby Shaddix and company perform on a neon-lit stage. As you might imagine, one of those things is more NSFW than the other.

"My Medication" is a track from Papa Roach's album Crooked Teeth, which also features the singles "Help" and "Born for Greatness." They'll be touring behind the album while opening for A Day to Remember starting February 20 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and they'll launch their own headlining outing in April.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Hold Your Horses: Did Billy Joel buy a $3.5 million horse ranch for his wife? 

Credit: Kevin MazurBilly Joel has reportedly shelled out $3.5 million for a horse ranch in Wellington, Florida.

The Daily Mail reports the Piano Man purchased the five-acre ranch last month for his wife, Alexis, who is an accomplished equestrian.

"He just wants to keep making his wife happy," a source tells The Mail. "This purchase was all about her."  In October, Billy and Alexis welcomed their second daughter, Remy Anne.

The property is described as a "beautifully maintained" farm located a short distance from Wellington's Winter Equestrian Festival, one of the country's largest equestrian events. The ranch includes a 12-stall barn with groom quarters and a ring to practice dressage, an equestrian sport where the rider and horse perform a series of pre-determined movements.

Joel is already familiar with the neighborhood: He purchased an adjacent property for $3.6 million in 2016. Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates also own properties in the area.

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